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Ahead Of Our Game Against Fulham

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The gulf in quality between United and Fulham was apparent a fortnight ago when we beat them 4-1 in the Cup. It might be a different story away from home though, even with their top scorer, former RoM favourite Dimitar Berbatov, ruled out with injury. They’ve won 5 of the 12 games they’ve played at Craven Cottage this season and lost 4. Last season we thrashed them 5-0 there, the season before we drew 2-2 after conceding an 89th minute equaliser, and they beat us in the two previous games, so we don’t have a great record at Fulham.

Fulham are currently only two points away from the top half of the table, but thankfully they don’t have the desperation of the teams fighting relegation. With them offering very little in the FA Cup game, you’d hope this would be an easy enough fixture for us, but teams like to do well in front of their own fans in their ‘cup final’ against us.

We’ll be hoping that players like Wayne Rooney can the difference today. He’s scored 7 goals in his past 8 games, which is great going, despite not playing as well as he can. He tends to go on good runs after barren patches, so hopefully he’s in the midst of some goalscoring form now. It’s interesting that he’s given up penalty taking duty, after suffering with a really poor record for someone of his quality, but I have a lot of respect for him doing that. All strikers want as many goals and opportunity to score goals as they can. They want to win the golden boot and look back at the end of the season and be able to prove what they’ve contributed. By letting Robin van Persie take the penalties he’s putting the team ahead of himself, so fair play to him.

In defence, Patrice Evra has now scored more goals from set pieces than any player in the league, and with his 5 assists, has created more goals than any defender in the league. He has the same number of assists as David Silva and more than the likes of Oscar, Yaya Toure, Wilshere and Fellaini. After two seasons of generally playing badly, it’s great to see what a contribution he’s making to our season. Rio Ferdinand should return to the starting line-up alongside Nemanja Vidic, but the right back spot is up for grabs. Phil Jones has been a regular fixture in the team recently but Rafael might edge him out. Jonny Evans is back in the squad but it’s unlikely he’ll be thrown straight in.

We could go ten points clear before City take on Liverpool on Sunday which would be huge. Ferguson has insisted we won’t become complacent if that’s the position we find ourselves in. After losing the title on goal difference last season it’s incredible to see how much we’ve improved (and how much City have declined?) in just a few months. Winning today would heap even more pressure on Roberto Mancini and it seems as though Liverpool like getting a result against the blues. Going back seven seasons (and seventeen games), City have only beaten Liverpool twice.

For us, these are the kind of games that could go either way, depending on which United decides to show up, but I hope memories of how it felt for them on the pitch at Sunderland last season are a big enough motivation to get three points out of this game.

Come on United!

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47 Comments

  1. andromeda says:

    I fancy a tough test from Fulham as they are always been a difficult team at their home ground, although I believe if we can handle the atmosphere at craven cottage and exploit Berba’s absence then we can tactically dominate and and a handy three points.

  2. mara says:

    31/1/13: Dinamo Zagreb have confirmed Croatia Under-21 midfielderMateo Kovacic is signing for Inter Milan. The youngster, who was linked to United by the Daily Mail last month, says it’s a formality he’ll join providing he passes a medical.

    To bad that we didn t buy this lad….

  3. Costas says:

    With or without Berbatov, this will probably be harder than last week. 100% focus is required this time. No complacency.

  4. fergie is the boss says:

    It is pretty obvious it will be more hard, with it being fulham away, I am hoping the carrick cleverly combo will return today

  5. iced earth says:

    hard game
    we should treat every match like a final

  6. parryheid says:

    Job of work to do so just get on with it and no fannying about.

  7. drv3011 says:

    i’ve been pretty impressed with kagawa lately…he keeps and passes the ball well and his assist for rooney midweek was sublime.i’d like to see him keep his place in the first 11.

  8. drv3011 says:

    parry! parry my mate,remember me?i’d like to apologise for attacking you on the other thread.im a bit slow when it comes to dechipering riddles and shit…your reverse psychology comment bout shitty really bamboozled me.things ok between us,mate?

  9. WeAreUnited says:

    Kagawa I believe also should be in the starting eleven,

    does this mean sacrificing Rooney to the left, well do do

    Or does this mean sacrificing Kagawa to the left and rooney i nthe attack, Do it

    as long as Kagawa plays! I would like to see Chicharito and Nani play today, it would als obe nice to see Clevs back and Valencia getting some gametime!

    anyway, a tough game is ahead of us, btu with the right attitude and a fast 2-0 start, we’ll manage this!

    we are ManUtd and we’ll do what we want!

  10. andromeda says:

    Kagawa is starting to adapt to the united’s way of play, he is blossoming his dual partnership with Rooney and that comes at the right moment, I remember while I was watching him at Dortmund last season;the guy was behind every goals they scored, whether it was a direct goal assist or a first pass or a magical moment of creative quality,he has been outstanding all the season and pretty consistent.may be he is just lacking the necessary physical make up that suits premier league just yet, but am sure he will be up our star for the second half of the season.

  11. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    Kagawa and Nani MUST start this game. We need to stop playing Welbeck out of position. Just put him on the bench.It is really annoying at times. hopefully Cleverley and NOT Anderson gets the start today.

  12. wayne says:

    The fact the lads had a off game Weds is a good thing for todays game,I’m sure Sir Alex read them the roit act expect them to come out firing.Fulham have very little scoring threat missing Berba
    Off topic regulars know I absoultly detest ‘Arry and I can’t get my head around why he has such a big reputation,his style is the same every team.He comes in over spends on transfers and wages and if the owner doesn’t have deep enough pockets ruins the club.he did it at Southampton,Portsmouth and I think its interesting that Spurs fired him and its noticable although their becoming a top 4 team and sold Modric for 30+ made no signings in January to kick on for the rest of the season.One has to assume funds are tight there also,I know under ‘Arry they went into debt,now he’s doing the same at QPR.Sorry for the long comment non Utd but just can’t get my head around why this fucking conman keeps getting hired

  13. Goat Peticoat says:

    I hope Rooney doesnt take a penalty for us. I hope he graciously hands the ball to RvP and all the 10 year olds out there get blown away by his selflessness. LOL, reading all the comments on skysports make me feel what a shit world we live in and the football fans are fekkin lemons.
    I was 10 once but I was never as naive and stupid as those wet eared twonks that answer on that site. He gave them up, lol. He was told that it probably wouldnt be prudent to take another kick and fuck your team mates up the arse for all the hard work theyve put in BUT being a gracious manager and there really isnt any need to slate you in the press as no one gains anything by it, Ill let you fall gracefully onto your sword instead of chucking you down the stairs.
    Some people, the world is great, peace on earth and everyone is equal in the eyes of the lord and all that shit, lol.

  14. medumtum says:

    Would definitely like to see a response from the lads after that poor second half. Also lets see if the Old trafford pitch really did affect our game as much as it appeared and the gaffer claimed. Cleverley returning should be a bonus. Liverpool are now beginning to show some bite with a partner for Suarez so its a great day to just get the pressure on CIty. Really feel they’re missing Toure in midfield. Shouldnt have let De Jong go. And for once Kompany is out too.

  15. parryheid says:

    drv3011.

    Sound as a pound buddy no apology required,dont really expect guys to get my points most are tic,enjoy the game and hopefully three good points.

  16. drv3011 says:

    @parry

    im grateful for that mate.looking forward to the match as well.

  17. King Eric says:

    wayne – spot on pal. I am the same as you regarding today. Having played shite on Wed will have hopefully kicked us into gear for today. Don’t even get me started on fucking Beetroot cunt Redknapp. He is lauded as a top, top manager when in reality he has done FUCK ALL. One FA Cup win granted but he left them in the fucking shit like he usually does. Anyway United should have knocked them out when Distin fouled Ronnie for a stonewall pen but wasn’t given. All the cunt is doing at Rangers is getting shitty little draws. Admittedly a great one on Tuesday. He is always tapping players up. Only this week he was openly saying how he wants Crouch. How the fuck does he get away with such blatant tapping up?

    Went on the Mail site again today for a laugh. The comments about Fergie contesting his charge are comedy gold. Cunts wanting points docked and 12 points and shit. Jealous bitter cunts. Saying how he bullies the FA and Refs etc and never gets a ban. Funny that seeing as though he has served more bans in Premier league than anyone.

  18. WeAreUnited says:

    @wayne

    great spot on for the way we played on wed andthat it’s good for us, I also believe today we will put a better performance.

    cmon UNITED!

  19. drv3011 says:

    @King Eric

    The Mail has some of the twisted ABU cunts commenting there.that lot are just incorrigible,i tell ya.one of them is this nut who named himself FergusonAssociation just for the sole purpose to spew hate comments on United.

  20. WeAreUnited says:

    OFF TOPIC

    I am watching wee club vc shel€ski and I am impressed of the wee club, they made 5 good buys

    Pardew trying to do a Wenger or an “arsenal” by buying ligue 1 players. not that they will compete for the leagueyet but theyare becoming stronger.

  21. drv3011 says:

    @WeAreUnited

    the French revolution looks like its gonna work for wee club.demba ba just went off to a chorus of boos.with ladyboy coming on,i expect more misery for the rent boys.

  22. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I am positive we will field a team with a strong eye toward the champions league matches. Sir Alex may even try out a formation that he might use.

    Looking at the recent history at Craven cottage gives a rather off base view of reality as we struggled there in the 09-10 era. But that was when we were completely crocked in defense, and recall one loss were Carrick was our CB. Bad day that.

    True enough that United have been very hit and miss this year, so no telling which team is going to show up. But I cann’t see anything except a win.
    They are having a diabolical time with injuries as well. Berbatov and 5 others I thing.

    3-0 to us unless the ref makes a meal of it.

    Get in the reds!

  23. King Eric says:

    drv – Ha I know mate. Seen “Ferguson Association” on there and that “Clattenburg, Dowd , Poll” cunt or whatever he is called. They are fucking mental.

    Go on Barcodes. Rentboys a goal down. Villa winning at Goodison. The Premier League is fucking bizarre!

  24. drv3011 says:

    i’d love to see a 5-0 like last season though.that was SOME result.rooney ran the show in that game.i expect him to play well today.

  25. King Eric says:

    Fletch – Yes mate it was the 3 nil defeat in Dec a couple of seasons ago. A back 3 of Paddy, Carrick and De Laet.

  26. FletchTHEMAN says:

    PS. Did Phil Jones pull a hamstring in training? There is a rumor he is out a couple of weeks?
    Don’t recall a mention in the presser.

  27. drv3011 says:

    @King Eric

    Remember Scholesy saving the ball with his hands in that match.

  28. WeAreUnited says:

    drv3011

    the revolution is working, also add ben arfa with cabaye and santon, they are looking good,
    the boos for demba ba well you knwo they’re gonna do that, but Ba is one of my favourites, I like the lad, he’s a great striker.

    Anyway shel€ski doing a liverpoo with benitez and that’s a fact man! :D :D

    for the footballing reason I am happy that the wee club is getting good players, so the league becomes stronger and we could see great football.

    so that like @King Eric said, premier league becomes a bizarre league and these kind of rush hour games really shows who’s the best.

  29. iced earth says:

    2-3 to us
    rvp2 rooney
    come on united

  30. drv3011 says:

    WeAreUnited

    yeah im kinda happy too for the barcodes that they’re recruiting some quality players.pardew is still a hypocrite and a cunt though.but let bygones be bygones,the wee club were amazing last season and based on that fact,they were expected to do well this season .they did give us a game at OT.at their best they play some pretty impressive counter attacking football.its great for the commercialization of the EPL with the underdogs showing their ambition.

  31. King Eric says:

    drv – Wasn’t the Scholes handball the season before where Rooney also got sent off for that hilarious chuck of the ball at the Ref? The week after we lost to the dippers 4-1 .

  32. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric Cheers mate. That’s the one. Bad day.

    Off topic: Arsenal 0-0 v Stoke, Barcodes 1 – 0 over Chavs at the moment. Tasty if things hold.

  33. WeAreUnited says:

    @drv
    EXACTLY mate, so glad Ifound someone thinking the same, I agree 100% with you on that. actually I liked how they played last season and watching Ba and Cisse scoring those amazing goals,

    Anyway, on topic

    3-1 for us today :)

    Chicha, Nani and RVP to score for us! hard game, but we’ll do it.

  34. ididnotzeeit says:

    Cabaye is a crafty player. Someone to take a serious look at in the summer. I think he’d look bloody good in Red.

    Hate the Renties but Ba is a quality player. Horror challenge from Side Show Bob, broken nose for sure. Lampard with an absolute cracker.

    Looking forward to the match today. I want to see Carrick, Cleverely, Wazza and RVP run the show. Nani out right and Giggs out left for width (giggs’ form is undeniable). DDG Rafa Rio Vidic Evra would be my preferred back four and let’s get them settled in the next two matches, a consistant run headed into a battle with The Virus.

    3 points to the good and nothing less. 3-1 with RVP, Nani and Rooney all notching.

  35. drv3011 says:

    @King Eric

    yeah you’re right.got the matches mixed up.

  36. Wakey says:

    Been watching the Stuttgart game. Kiko came on at half time and looks livery without doing anything spectacular.

    With many of our fans complaints about DDG we should just be thankful we don’t support Stuttgart as their keepers have a right mare

  37. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ha. Newcastle couldn’t even hold out long enough for my post to cool Now 1-1. Pathetic lot!

  38. King Eric says:

    3-1 Villa. Fuck me , who would have thought that?

  39. drv3011 says:

    @King Eric

    you gotta love the EPL,mate.

  40. King Eric says:

    Fuck off Newcastle and Pardew you shit cunts. As Ididnotzeeit said Cabaye is fucking wasted there. Well he didn’t exactly say that but I am!

  41. drv3011 says:

    GOAL! Barcodes 2 Rentboys 2

  42. WeAreUnited says:

    I hope skysports and other sites take the save of Peter cech right now, cause he saved it in front of sissoko, why didn’t he put it away

    I hope he doesn’t get away with that save that led the wee club score.

  43. parryheid says:

    Cleverly and Valencia on from the start please,sorted.

  44. Redroy says:

    When De Gea punches the ball back like Cech did, he’s a poor goalie. Just saying…..

  45. Unitedyankee says:

    @weareunited
    Was thinking the same thing!! Will they say Cech is in decline, doubt it,,

    Have to go to a “graduation” from my youngests karate class midway through second half so I hope they score a bunch early and put it away so I don’t have to watch updates on web!!

    And Cech let’s in another one 3-2 Newcastle. He really sucks , Rafa should buy another keeper lol

  46. NBI Red Onion says:

    Walk over today – 3-0.

    I am not convinced Rooney, RVP and Kagwa can play together, any two of them yes. Kagwa with one of the two would what I thnk would work best for Cm attack link.

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